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How Do You Measure Persecution?

July 22, 2015by Sebastian Kraus, Ellen Riotte
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Open Society Voices

Q&A

Parliament Debates Ending Holland’s Christmas Blackface Tradition

December 22, 2014 | by Eleanor Kelly

The Netherlands’ annual Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) display betrays the country’s progressive reputation. Last week, the European Parliament debated retiring it once and for all.

Grantee Spotlight

A Scholarship That Follows Its Recipients Home

December 19, 2014 | by Zoe Brogden

This fall, the first Civil Society Leadership Awards scholars enrolled at universities around the U.S. with one goal: to bring new skills and ideas back to their home countries.

Healing the Wounds in Ferguson and Staten Island

December 19, 2014 | by Kenneth H. Zimmerman, Damon Hewitt

The Open Society Foundations are investing $2.9 million to support community groups working to promote law enforcement accountability and help build a national database on police behavior.

Grantee Spotlight

Can a New Book Help France Embrace Its Multicultural Side?

December 19, 2014 | by Marc Cheb Sun

In a country that values assimilation, D’Ailleurs et d’ici! is a rare celebration of the many ethnic and racial groups that contribute to France’s diversity.

Justice, Development Planning, and the Role of Regular People

December 18, 2014 | by Peter Chapman

The move toward including justice in the UN’s post-2015 development agenda highlights the fundamental role of civil society—and regular people—in securing sustainable development.

A Win for Victims of Forced Sterilization in Namibia

December 17, 2014 | by Nyasha Chingore-Munazvo

In a ruling that could have implications throughout Africa, Namibia’s highest court ruled that public hospitals violated the rights of five women by sterilizing them without their informed consent.

The Lasting Campaign for Black Male Achievement

December 17, 2014 | by Kenneth H. Zimmerman

Over six years after the Open Society Foundations launched the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, the initiative is spinning off as an independent organization.

Case Watch: A Step Forward in Colombia’s Struggle for Truth

December 17, 2014 | by Juliana Vengoechea

An Inter-American Court decision addresses abuses committed by the military in the aftermath of a bloody siege at Colombia’s main court building in 1985.

Access to Justice Should Be a Development Priority

December 17, 2014 | by Erna Witoelar, Alvon Palma

Indonesia should support the inclusion of justice targets in the new set of development goals being negotiated at the UN.

Kyrgyzstan’s New Anti-Gay Law Is Even Worse than Russia’s

December 17, 2014 | by Syinat Sultanalieva

The law criminalizes any mention of “nontraditional sexual relations”—unless it’s hate speech, which will be perfectly legal.

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